For those of us looking forward to seeing how this story does on screen, here's some news about the latest additions to the cast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson have joined Fox 2000's adaptation of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief and will star as the title character's foster parents.
The lead role of Liesel has been snatched by French-Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse.
More about the book (from Goodreads):
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery....
Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak’s novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever they are to be found.
With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids, as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.